Madeline Amigone Obituary

Madeline C. Amigone
Madeline C. Amigone

August 29, 1918 - November 9, 2017
Born in Rochester, New York
Resided in Buffalo, New York
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November 9, 2017 at the age of 99. Beloved wife of the late Nicholas P. Amigone, Jr.; devoted mother of Nicholas P. (Gaile) Amigone III and Carole Joy Amigone Seid; loving grandmother of Nicholas P. (Laura) Amigone IV, Jonathan (Kristen) Seid, Daniel E. (Jennifer) Amigone and Marc G. (Andrea) Amigone; great-grandmother of eleven great-grandchildren; dear sister of the late Horace (Ann) Gioia, Josephine (Richard) D'Aloia and D. Frederick (Andre) Gioia, MD; also survived by nieces and nephews. The family will be present to receive friends on Friday, December 8, 2017 from 4-8 PM at the (Delaware Chapel) AMIGONE FUNERAL HOME, INC. 1132 Delaware Avenue (near West Ferry Street), Buffalo. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Saturday, December 9, 2017 at St. Joseph's University Parish, 3269 Main St., Buffalo at 11 AM. Please assemble at church. Share condolences at

Madeline Carole Gioia Amigone was born on August 29, 1918 in Rochester, New York, died on November 9th while in residence at Highpointe on Michigan.

She was the third of four children born to Anthony and Angeline Gioia, founders of the Gioia Macaroni Company.

After attending Rochester schools, she entered Hobart and William Smith Colleges in 1936. She graduated from William Smith in 1940 with a degree in English and a teaching certificate. During the war years, she held various positions at Gioia Macaroni, providing pasta products for the American war effort.

In 1948, she married Nicholas P. Amigone, Jr., moving to his hometown of Buffalo. Mrs. Amigone and her husband had two children, Nicholas III, and Carole Joy.

In the 1970s, Mrs. Amigone earned a Master’s Degree in Special Education from Buffalo State College and took a position as a special education teacher at the Board of Cooperative Education Services. She taught for B.O.C.E.S. in the Williamsville and Clarence district schools for a period of ten years. She also tutored special education students at her home.

Mrs. Amigone continued her affiliation with the Gioia Macaroni Company, where her husband held the position of sales manager, serving as an officer of the corporation until 1977 when the family sold its interest to a British conglomerate.

Mrs. Amigone played golf for 70 continuous years, introducing the game to her husband, children, grandchildren and nephews. She was a member of the Transit Valley Country Club for 60 years and the Quail Ridge Country Club of Delray Beach, Florida for 30 years. She regularly competed in club golf events, once finishing as runner-up in the Transit Valley Ladies Championship.

She was passionate about her gourmet cooking and legendary baked goods for which she was well known and recognized throughout the community. A dedication to excellence, as reflected in in her culinary prowess, was evident in every aspect of her life.

Mrs. Amigone prided herself in teaching life lessons to her children, four grandchildren, and eleven great-grandchildren, all of whom survive her.

She was predeceased by her husband, Nicholas P. Amigone, Jr., her brothers, Horace A. Gioia, and D. Frederick Gioia, M.D., and her sister, Josephine D’Aloia.

A funeral mass will be held on December 9th from St. Joseph’s University Church, Main Street, in Buffalo at 11AM.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Mrs. Amigone’s memory to her beloved alma mater, Hobart and William Smith Colleges, in Geneva, New York. At the time of her death Mrs. Amigone was the second oldest alumna of the college.
Buffalo News Obituary Version
August 29, 1918 - November 9, 2017

Madeline Gioia Amigone was a "Renaissance woman." She golfed for seven decades, baked "legendary" chocolate cakes and inspired excellence in the special educations students she tutored in her Amherst home.

Amigone died of natural causes Nov. 9 at HighPointe on Michigan nursing home. She was 99 years old, the second oldest alumna of Hobart and William Smith Colleges in Geneva.

"She was the finest person I'd ever known, the last of a generation among all of her family and friends," said her son, Nicholas P. Amigone III.

Mrs. Amigone was born and raised in Rochester, the third of four children for Anthony and Angeline Gioia, founders of the Gioia Macaroni Company.

She graduated from William Smith in 1940 with a teaching certificate and a bachelor's degree in English.

In 1948, Mrs. Amigone married Nicholas P. Amigone Jr. and moved to his hometown of Buffalo, where his cousins ran a funeral home business.

They had two children.

"Before she married my father, she worked primarily in her family business," said her son. "During the war years, the company supplied pasta to U.S. forces stationed throughout the world."

The Gioia family eventually moved the business from Rochester to Buffalo to take advantage of the area's grain industry and proximity to rail transportation, said Amigone.

It was around this time that Mrs. Amigone's husband took a job as maitre'd at the Chez Ami supper club that was owned and operated by his brother Phil Amigone at 311 Delaware Ave. Famous for a circular bar that revolved every seven minutes, the club featured a full orchestra, and was the "place to be" in the '40s and '50, according to Amigone.

"But with a wife and new baby, the situation wasn't working out too well," Amigone said. "So he went to work as sales manager for Gioia and served as an officer in the corporation until 1977, when the family sold the business."

During the 1970s, Mrs. Amigone attended Buffalo State College where she earned a master's degree in special education. She worked as a special-education teacher at the Board of Cooperative Education Services in the Williamsville and Clarence school districts. Mrs. Amigone also tutored students in her home, said Amigone.

Throughout her life, Mrs. Amigone excelled at a number of pastimes, and earned the nickname Julia Child from friends and family, who raved about her flavorful continental cuisine, recalled her son.

"She subscribed to Gourmet magazine and had hundreds of cookbooks," said Amigone. "Her legendary chocolate cake was baked with chocolate from the Netherlands."

Mrs. Amigone was equally at home on a golf course as she was in the kitchen, introducing the sport to her husband, children, grandchildren and nephews, said her son. She was a member of the Transit Valley Country Club for 60 years. In Delray Beach, she played golf for 30 years at the Quail Ridge Country Club.

Mrs. Amigone possessed a fierce loyalty to her alma mater and to her classmates, Amigone said. She continued to socialize with them over games of bridge into her 90s said Amigone.

"She had a great sense of practical judgment, and provided guidance to her family and friends when times were good and bad," her son said. "She neither offered mediocrity nor accepted it."

Her husband of 58 years, Nicholas P. Amigone Jr., died in 2007. Mrs. Amigone's brothers, Horace A. Gioia, and Dr. D. Frederick Gioia, and her sister, Josephine D’Aloia, also predeceased her.

In addition to her son, and daughter, Carole Amigone Seid, Mrs. Amigone is survived by four grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered 11 a.m. Dec. 9 at St. Joseph’s University Church, 3269 Main St.




Delaware Chapel
1132 Delaware Avenue
Buffalo, NY US 14209
Friday, December 8, 2017
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St. Joseph University Parish
3269 Main Street
Buffalo, NY US 14214
Saturday, December 9, 2017
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